publication . Article . Research . 2011

Snakes in Ireland: Questioning the Assumption of 'Collective Responsibility' to Protect Refugees

Zieck, M.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2011 Journal: SSRN Electronic Journal (eissn: 1556-5068, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Country: Netherlands
Abstract
The recognition of the international scope and nature of the problem of refugees, which induced the establishment of UNHCR and the adoption of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, did not result in shared responsibility for the protection of refugees but rather in a strict apportioning of responsibilities between UNHCR on the one hand, and states on the other. Rather than sharing the apportioned part as a collective responsibility, states become individually responsible for refugees who seek refuge in their respective territories, and hence only for part of the problem of refugees. This individual responsibility is triggered by observing the p...
Subjects
free text keywords: Political science, Collective responsibility, Shared responsibility, Joint and several liability, Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, Moral responsibility, Law, Refugee
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publication . Article . Research . 2011

Snakes in Ireland: Questioning the Assumption of 'Collective Responsibility' to Protect Refugees

Zieck, M.;